CARROLLTON — Carroll County Memorial Hospital CEO Jeff Tindle is throwing his support behind Amendment 2, known as the Missouri Medicaid Expansion amendment, that’ll be on the August 4 ballot.
On Thursday, Tindle sent out a press release stating too many hardworking Missourians are in a healthcare coverage trap: earning too much to qualify, but too few can afford health insurance. Those making just under $18,000 a year are in this predicament, he said.
“Now more than ever, we need to ensure that no Missourian has to choose between paying for life-saving care and putting food on the table,” Tindle wrote. “We need to help keep rural hospitals open so that Missourians have access to care — no matter where they live, and we need to protect frontline healthcare jobs at a time when we need them most.”
Endangered rural hospitals would also benefit, he said. Ten rural Missouri hospitals have closed since 2014, he cites.
Tindle argues Medicaid expansion will save the state money and add around 230,000 Missourians to the state’s Medicaid roster. A financial analysis by Washington University researchers found more than a $1 billion dollar savings to the state by 2026, because local tax dollars would be utilized in state, he said, adding the Missouri Auditor’s Office projects similar savings.